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Compare the Features and Benefits of Citi Rewards+® and
Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Detailed Comparison Overview

Key Facts
Annual Fee
Avg. Min. Credit Score
APR on purchases
APR on balance transfers
Ongoing APR
Balance transfers fees
Best Multiplier
Avg. Point Value
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Bonus Offer
Rating
Review
Key features
Unique Card Benefits
Free Access to Credit Score
0% Intro APR on Purchases
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
No Fees for Authorized Users
Earns Transferable Points
Airport Lounge Access
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Reimbursement
Annual Statement Credits
Return Protection
Extended Warranty
Purchase Protection
Trip Protections
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Roadside Assistance
Concierge Services
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
Metal Card
Annual Fee
$0
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
APR on purchases
0% Intro APR (on purchases for 15 months, 18.74%-28.74% thereafter)
APR on balance transfers
0% Intro APR (on balance transfers for 15 months, 18.74%-28.74% thereafter)
Ongoing APR
18.74%-28.74% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Intro fee 3% of each transfer ($5 min) completed within the first 4 months of account opening. After that, 5% of each transfer ($5 min).
Best Multiplier
2x Gas Stations
2x Groceries
1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.01 - $0.016
Bonus Offer

Earn 20,000 bonus ThankYou® points after you spend $1,500 in purchases with your card within 3 months of account opening.

Rating
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(3.43) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

The Citi Rewards+ card comes with no annual fee but offers a unique value proposition among the sea of rewards credit cards on the market. In fact, it’s the only credit card to automatically round up to the nearest 10 points on all purchases made with the card. This can be vastly beneficial for small purchases you make on the card, as you’ll get to supercharge your ThankYou points® earning ability with the Citi Rewards+.

The card’s only bonus categories are gas stations and grocery stores, which will be useful for most households. You’ll earn 2x points on the first $6,000 spent every year in these categories combined, which breaks down to roughly $500 in monthly spend. If you exceed this spending cap, you’ll only earn 1x points per $1 spent.

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Redeeming your ThankYou points is easy through your online Citi account, where you’ll get the best redemption value from travel or gift cards at 1 cent per point. While other rewards like “Shop with Points” or redeeming for a statement credit may be enticing, these redemption options present a poor value at just 0.8 cents and 0.5 cents, respectively. (Note: When we value the “minimum” redemption value of this card in our calculator at 1 cent per point, we are assuming you will take the maximum redemption option of gift cards.)

No matter how you redeem your points, you’ll get to earn 10% of all the points you redeem every year — up to the first 100,000 points annually. That’s a nice little boost to your ThankYou points balance.

Not only is the Citi Rewards+ a good choice for everyday purchases, but it also makes for a great supplementary card to any other Citi rewards cards you may have in your wallet since you can pool your points together.

If you already have the Citi Premier, a popular travel rewards card, you’ll earn 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations, air travel and hotels, and 1x point on all other purchases. That’s where the Citi Rewards+ comes in: you can use the card for small purchases or non-bonus categories to take advantage of that favorable 10% automatic round-up feature.

Plus, if you also have a Citi Premier, you can cash out all of your Citi ThankYou points for 1 cent each or transfer them to ThankYou airline and hotel transfer partners.

(Please note: Without also holding a Citi Premier or Citi Prestige card, you will not be able to transfer these points to Citi’s ThankYou® airline and hotel transfer partners.)

Finally, you’ll have peace-of-mind with important coverages like purchase protection and extended warranty that can come in handy when your eligible card purchases are damaged or stolen.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
0% Intro APR on Purchases
yes
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
yes
Earns Transferable Points
no
Airport Lounge Access
no
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
no
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Reimbursement
no
Annual Statement Credits
no
Return Protection
no
Extended Warranty
no
Purchase Protection
no
Trip Protections
no
No Foreign Transaction Fees
no
Roadside Assistance
no
Concierge Services
no
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
no
Metal Card
no
Annual Fee
$550
Avg. Min. Credit Score
800-850 *
APR on purchases
-
APR on balance transfers
-
Ongoing APR
22.49%-29.49% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Best Multiplier
10x Car Rentals

Only applies to bookings made viaChase Travel℠. Otherwise earn 3X points per dollar.

10x Hotels

Only applies to bookings made viaChase Travel℠. Otherwise earn 3X points per dollar.

10x Lyft
5x Airfare

Only applies to bookings made via Chase Travel℠. Otherwise earn 3X points per dollar.

3x Transit
3x Dining Out / Food Delivery
3x Cruises
1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.01 - $0.0175
Bonus Offer

Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Travel℠.

Rating
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(4.45) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

The Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card is the one that, in a sense, started it all. While rewards cards have been around for decades, The Chase Sapphire Reserve quickly became a must-have upon its launch in 2016. With a huge bonus offer, the Priority Pass airport lounge access, the easy to use $300 travel credits, and 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on all dining and travel made it an easy sell.

Today, it remains one of the strongest travel credit cards on the market, even if other cards like the newer Capital One Venture X and The Platinum Card® from American Express both get solid market share.

The beauty of the Chase Sapphire Reserve lies in its simplicity.

The $300 annual travel credit works itself off without you even noticing, since travel purchases are automatically applied. With the Venture X, for instance, you also get a $300 annual travel credit but can only use it in the Capital One portal.

Then the Chase Sapphire Reserve is just plain “easy” when it comes to earning, knowing that just about every possible travel or dining purchase (including eligible delivery services) will earn 3X Chase Ultimate Rewards points.

And to that end, with a MilesTalk value of 1.75 cents per point when used via transfer partners like World of Hyatt or for First and Business Class airfare via its many airline partners, you know you’ll get value for those points you earn. In fact, your travel and dining purchases (earning 3X points) have a minimum return on spend value of 4.5% (if you redeem through Chase Travel at 1.5 cents each or an average redemption yield of around 5.25% (3X * 1.75) when you use the Ultimate Rewards airline and hotel partners.

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The card is also full of the most important benefits, namely the Priority Pass select membership for airport lounge access for you and 2 guests, including Priority Pass experiences (but not airport restaurants) as well as primary collision/damage coverage on car rentals and trip delay coverage that kicks in after just a 6 hour delay as well as lost luggage insurance. And then there are the somewhat smaller but still valuable perks like your Global Entry fee reimbursement and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards® and Chase dining purchases.

And of course, there’s that huge bonus when you spend $4,000 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening….

So yes, it does have a high annual fee, but after the $300 travel credit, it’s effectively just $250 which the card gives you back via it’s earn rate, redemption rate (1.5 cents per point at Chase Travel) and rich benefits.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
0% Intro APR on Purchases
no
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
no
No Fees for Authorized Users
no
Earns Transferable Points
yes
Airport Lounge Access
yes
Primary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Global Entry / TSA PreCheck Reimbursement
yes
Annual Statement Credits
yes
Return Protection
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
Purchase Protection
yes
Trip Protections
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Roadside Assistance
yes
Concierge Services
yes
Travel and Emergency Assistance Services
yes
Metal Card
yes

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